Primary September Admission Arrangements

Thinking about which Primary School to apply for? Then apply now for Primary Reception @ BSCA through Bolton Council ( and join our caring school community that offers a rich and varied curriculum for our children.

Watch our video now to find out more about how amazing our school is for our young people:


How to Apply for a Reception Place

In common with other local secondary schools, Bolton St Catherine's Academy will work within Bolton local authority's admission arrangements.

There will be a total of 60 places for boys and girls moving to primary school. All applications for 60 Reception places will be considered. Where less than 60 applications have been received, places will be offered to all those who applied.

You can use this link - - to go to the Bolton Council website to fill in your application. If you would like any assistance in doing this please contact us and we would be happy to help.

Here is their most up to date information:

Applications for children born between 1st September 2017 & 31st August 2018 for Reception 2022 open online on 20th September 2021 at the closing date is 15th January 2022, offer day is 16th April 2022.

Timetable for admissions:


Application forms need to be completed and returned to Bolton Council which sends all the applications to the Academy.

Email and/or letter to parent/carer will be posted out offering a school place. Details of the appeals procedures will be included when appropriate.

End of April
Deadline for acceptance of places offered. Failure to accept may result in the place being re-offered.


Please see our Admissions Policies for further information.


BSCA is part of the local authority appeals process which can found here -


Starting @ BSCA Reception

Stay and Play Session

You will be invited to a stay and play session, where we will be able to meet you and your child before they start in Reception. You can meet your child’s new teacher and take a look at their classroom.


Your Child’s First Day

What time should you arrive?

School starts at 8:55am. The school gates open at 8:45am. The Primary entrance is on Greenroyd Avenue. Please come round to the sliding Reception doors.

What happens at dinner time?

All children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 will get a government funded dinner.  You can send your child, if you prefer with a packed lunch (No sugary drinks, cans or glass bottles please).

What happens at Home time?

School finishes at 3.20pm each day (EXCEPT Wednesday 3pm). Please come round to the sliding Reception doors, please be patient in the first few weeks whilst we get to know you— as it is vital we have a secure transfer of children and know who has to collect each child.

Click here for our Welcome to Reception Leaflet